Story: Collecting

Fred Flutey in his pāua-shell house, Bluff

Fred Flutey in his pāua-shell house, Bluff

Fred (pictured) and Myrtle Flutey of Bluff were two of New Zealand's best-known collectors. In the 1960s the couple began accumulating colourful pāua shells, and ended up displaying 1,170 on the walls of their home. The collection became a national institution, and in one year attracted more than 25,000 visitors. After the Fluteys died in the early 2000s their house was purchased by their grandson, Ross Bowen, who – controversially – loaned the collection to the Canterbury Museum. The lounge, entrance and driveway were re-created in the museum and opened to the public in 2008.

About this item

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Reference: RMS/rFTR155/278
Photograph by Robin Morrison

Permission of the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Courtesy of the Estate of Robin Morrison

How to cite this page:

Richard Wolfe. 'Collecting - Recent collecting and collecting motivations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 3-Dec-13
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/37326/fred-flutey-in-his-paua-shell-house-bluff